Victor O. Johnson

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VICTOR O. JOHNSON, eighth in the line of chil­dren of Swan and Kjer­stin John­son, was born Jan­u­ary 1, 1872, at Bement, Illinois.

Com­ing to Nebras­ka in 1878, he obtained his pre­lim­i­nary edu­ca­tion in the grade and high schoo1 of Genoa, Nebras­ka. He was always an out­stand­ing, schol­ar in pub­lic and prepara­to­ry schools, in col­lege and the uni­ver­si­ty. He grad­u­at­ed from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Chica­go in 1896 with high hon­ors, receiv­ing a reward for high mer­its in schol­ar­ship. Vic­tor received the first key issued by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Chica­go for high scholas­tic stand­ing. He then entered the Law School at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Nebras­ka and grad­u­at­ed from there with high hon­ors in 1898, and was admit­ted to the Nebras­ka Bar Association.

On July 12, 1898, he unit­ed in mar­riage with Dora Sprague, of Blair, Nebras­ka. Imme­di­ate­ly there­after he enlist­ed in mil­i­tary ser­vice for the Span­ish Amer­i­can War. He went as far as Flori­da, where he con­tract­ed typhoid fever. He was final­ly sent home on sick leave. After a long ill­ness he par­tial­ly recov­ered, but he car­ried the marks and effects of the dis­ease through­out life, includ­ing par­tial loss of hearing.

Vic­tor locat­ed and prac­ticed law, at Ord, Nebras­ka, then seek­ing a cli­mate that might be ben­e­fi­cial to the health of his wife, they moved to Tul­sa, Okla­homa. He was a promi­nent and suc­ces­ful prac­ti­tion­er at law here for some years, but fail­ing to find the health­ful envi­ron­ment they were seek­ing they moved to Shoshone, Ida­ho, in 1909. Here he entered into a part­ner­ship as the senior part­ner of the law firm of Vic­tor O. John­son and Paul Had­dock, con­tin­u­ing until he passed away after a year’s ill­ness on Jan­u­ary 5, 1915, at Shoshone, Idaho.

Four chil­dren were born to them — Chester, Vic­tor, Eric and May.

They are now locat­ed at LaCre­sen­ta, Cal­i­for­nia, 2708 Foothills Boulevard.

Vic­tor was laid to rest in the Val­ley View Ceme­tery at Genoa, Nebraska.

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